The doggie had some ice cream on her recent “camping” trip. It’s what comes to mind when I think of “addictive personality.” I eat too much, mostly fat and sugar (the too much part). I have been addicted to cigarettes and alcohol. I play the Sims way too much.
The most important part of this concept, for me, is that I know in the depths of my soul that I cannot take mind-changing, mood-altering drugs, for any reason, without running the risk of becoming “addicted” to them, or running the risk of seeking out other drugs once these drugs hit my system.
In that way, my personality is “addictive.” I love the effects of these drugs beyond all reason. My addiction isn’t physical, when I first take them. My addiction is psychological and it is so very powerful.
Beyond that, I don’t know about this “addictive personality.” I guess alcoholics and other addicts may have less of some regulating part of our personality that makes us vulnerable, but I don’t know. I personally don’t have problems with gambling or shopping or other “behavior-based” addictions, though I certainly know people who do. I come down to being grateful that Alcoholics Anonymous and the people are there are great resources for recognizing and dealing with these behaviors. We have a great yard stick, as well, with the concept of life becoming “unmanageable.” That certainly covers a multitude of sins.